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New Health Care Surrogate Form

By Paul E. Riffel |

As of October 1, 2015 the Florida health care surrogate law was revised. This new revision allows the health care surrogate to become effective immediately without needing to prove the signor is incapacitated. This is very important since it can save a lot of time having the health care surrogate accepted. For example, under… Read More »

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The truth about will-preparation software

By Paul E. Riffel |

Even people who use software to create their own wills should meet with an estate-planning attorney, according to an article in the New York Times. The author of the Times article used several programs to draft her will, and then she met with an attorney to discuss her drafts—and their errors and potential problems…. Read More »

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Do you need a will?

By Paul E. Riffel |

Fewer than half of American adults have wills, according to a survey reported on by the New York Times. “No one likes to think about dying — and that is probably one reason most Americans lack wills,” the article states. Another reason: “I just haven’t gotten around to it.” But this is a dangerous… Read More »

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The three most important things when choosing a lawyer:

By Paul E. Riffel |

Find a lawyer whose goal is a fair and equitable result for you. Probably one of the most important aspects of hiring a lawyer is the lawyer’s personality. Is the lawyer interested in obtaining a fair and equitable result for you or simply litigating the case? The former results in a quicker, cheaper divorce… Read More »

How does bankruptcy affect the divorce process?

By Paul E. Riffel |

Many people are frustrated with the fact that even though the court orders a spouse to be responsible for a certain debt, that does not affect the ability of your creditor to sue you for that debt. Also, bankruptcy is sometimes a common action after the entry of a Final Judgment of Dissolution of… Read More »

Enforcing a final judgment in a divorce

By Paul E. Riffel |

After the parties have a Final Judgment of Dissolution of Marriage, it is sometimes necessary to enforce that judgment. It is important to know the rules on enforcement prior to the final hearing because it is useless to ask for help with something that cannot be enforced. A motion for contempt can be used… Read More »

What if you want to appeal your divorce?

By Paul E. Riffel |

If the judge in your case renders a Final Judgment that you do not think follows Florida law, you have the right to appeal. This must be done within 30 days from the entry of the Final Judgment of Dissolution of Marriage. A notice of appeal is filed, and a filing fee must be… Read More »

What to expect at the final hearing

By Paul E. Riffel |

Once all discovery has been completed, the case is ready to be set for final hearing. Generally, the court will schedule what is known as a “pretrial conference” first. At this conference, you will reveal to the court what the issues are, provide a list of your witnesses and a list of your exhibits,… Read More »

What happens after you file for a domestic violence injunction?

By Paul E. Riffel |

A temporary injunction is only valid for up to 15 days. A hearing will be set within that time period in order to give the other spouse the opportunity to present evidence and testimony that the injunction is not appropriate. A permanent injunction may be entered after that hearing, or it may be dissolved…. Read More »

Domestic violence injunctions during a divorce

By Paul E. Riffel |

Sometimes violence – or the threat of violence – is present in the divorce process. In those instances, it is very important that the parties separate from one another to avoid injury. Divorce is highly emotional, and those involved may not always be thinking logically. Florida provides a process for individuals to receive injunctive… Read More »

Paul E. Riffel, Attorney at Law

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